Women’s Rights

Is the church’s culture of shame increasing abortions?

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I have been the senior minister at St Barnabas Broadway, in Sydney’s inner city, for six years. Michael Paget ABC Before that I was on staff for another eight. In all that… Is the church’s… Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

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In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

Protesters fight domestic violence law changes in shadows of Russia’s conservative push

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Russians opposed to the decriminalisation of domestic violence say they have not given up hope of bringing in a new law to protect women. Lisa Millar ABC But they are up against changing cultural norms that are seeing Russia become increasingly conservative. President Vladimir Putin signed… Protesters fight domestic… Read More »

Law protects women by guarding innocent unborn

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Thirty-one years ago in the District Court, Justice Fred McGuire interpreted the Queensland Criminal Code to allow abortion to be performed in cases where there is a serious danger to the physical or mental health of a woman. Julie Borger On Line Opinion There is no need to change existing Queensland legislation, as no woman has ever been jailed for or even convictedof an illegal abortion in the 118 years the law has been in place. And it cannot… Law ... Read More »

When the freedom to offend is a freedom to harm

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A backlash against politically correct language ignores the deeper oppression that unchecked microaggressions inflict on groups such as women and black people Abi Wilkinson The Guardian We’re currently in the midst of something of a backlash against “political correctness”. And by “we”… When the freedom… Read More »

We’re doomed by the identity trap, damned when we try to escape

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It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and gender Nesrine Malik The Guardian Diane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks… We’re doomed by… Read More »

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

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Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more… Nick Cohen The Spectator If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström… It has all the ingredients for a clash-of-civilisations… A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign… Sweden’s feminist foreign… Read More »

Do Iranian MPs want to send working women back home?

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On Jan. 15, Iranian lawmakers approved a new law that would oblige state-run and public organizations to accept early retirement requests of female employees who have worked at least 20 years, without pushing any age limit. Alireza Ramezani Al Monitor At present, the age limit for early retirement of women covered by the Social Security Organization (SSO) is 52. The law needs… Do Iranian MPs… Read More »

Women in public life are now being openly bullied. How has this become normal?

Bullying - The Guardian

Diane Abbott isn’t the only female MP enduring more sexist and racist abuse than usual – and it seems to be completely accepted Suzanne Moore The Guardian Those of us in the UK are thankful that we don’t live in the land of the pussy grabber-in-chief, but in the land of his handmaiden. Theresa May, she… Women in public… Read More »

When a doctor’s right to choose trumps a woman’s right to choose

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In Italy, conscientious objectors make it difficult to have an abortion. Giulia Paravicini Politico On the books, abortion in Italy is legal. In practice, it is out of reach for many women. An unprecedented wave… When a doctor’s… Read More »

The sultanate of women: exploring female roles in perpetrating and preventing violent extremism

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This paper examines the appeal of Islamic State (IS) to Western women and explores how women can be employed in countering violent extremism (CVE) structures to prevent further involvement. Sofia Patel Australian Policy Online It aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis for academics, policymakers and practitioners working in CVE program and policy design and implementation in order to bridge the gap between community development work and… The sultanate of… Read More »

Women and children ‘endure rape, beatings and abuse’ inside Dunkirk’s refugee camp

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The fate of those stranded by the UK’s decision to limit taking child refugees from France Mark Townsend The Guardian Children and women are being raped by traffickers inside a refugee camp in northern France, according to detailed testimony gathered ahead of fresh legal action against the… Women and children… Read More »

Peaceful Protests Are Not a Crime

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A bit of silver lining at the onset of the Trump administration has been the groundswell of activism by hundreds of thousands of Americans taking to the streets to face off against a president, and a Republican establishment, they see as reckless, divisive and destructive. The Editorial Board The New York Times But Republican lawmakers have been so alarmed by the size and intensity of the demonstrations — for women’s rights, immigrants and the environment — and by protests around ... Read More »

Utopian thinking: how to build a truly feminist society

Feminism - The Guardian

I want to live in a world that allows its women and men to be vulnerable and tough, intrepid and nurturing, with no part of the rich human experience denied Naomi Alderman The Guardian Sometimes over the past few decades it’s seemed as if we’re slowly, inch by inch, getting closer to a gender-equal utopia. And sometimes, as for… Utopian thinking: how… Read More »

Seeking solace

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After their husbands die, many Indian widows, some young and others old, are tossed aside like… SASCHA RICHTER Asia Times There are around 40 million widows in India at this time. In the classical, brahmanical view, they are physically alive but socially… They were expected to die before their… Seeking solace… Read More »

The Australia government is playing Russian roulette with women’s lives

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The case of a pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia on Nauru is sadly representative of a broader risk women face on the island Katie Robertson The Guardian  While much focus this week has been on whether President Trump will honour the covert deal made by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and… The Australia government… Read More »